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India's pool of Test cricketers is the best it has ever been
India's pool of Test cricketers is the best it has ever been

India walk off the field after winning the 2nd Test against Sri Lanka The seer and soothsayer, each indignant at being clubbed with the other, hardly get it right in India. The world, for example, hasn’t ended yet, though some might believe we have tried very hard. And the rupee like a fallible child, always goes the other way. And yet here I am taking a call on the future of Indian cricket. Truly as modern rhapsodists have said,

Aug 29 2015
Sri Lanka vs India: Stuart Binny to join India squad before 2nd Test
Sri Lanka vs India: Stuart Binny to join India squad before 2nd Test

Stuart Binny miscues a shot during India’s 2nd Test of the tour of England in 2014 India have called up Stuart Binny to the squad before the 2nd Test on the ongoing tour of Sri Lanka. The fact that nobody has been injured suggests that Binny’s inclusion as the 16th member of the squad is a tactical decision – a modification required by the failure of captain Virat Kohli’s 5-bowler strategy in the 1st&n

Aug 16 2015
5 players who could become great all-rounders if given the chance
5 players who could become great all-rounders if given the chance

All-rounders have always fascinated the cricket fans because of their 3-dimensional abilities. Andrew Flintoff’s exceptional performance in the 2005 Ashes is still imbibed in cricket aficionados memory as he dismantled the opposition not only with his fiery bowling but also contributed some useful runs with the bat. One pertinent question regarding the all-rounders has been which player qualifies to be called an all-rounder. One theory in

Aug 12 2015
India's predicted playing XI for the Sri Lanka series
India's predicted playing XI for the Sri Lanka series

Tomorrow, the Virat Kohli led Indian outfit will be donning the whites again for a 3-match Test series in Sri Lanka. Kohli will have to do something that the likes of Sourav Ganguly, MS Dhoni and Anil Kumble failed to do before him, that is to win a Test series in the island nation.  But times have changed and on this occasion, it does look like the team has been presented with a glorious opportunity to re-write history to win the series af

Aug 10 2015
Spotlight on the Indian bowlers ahead of the Test series
Spotlight on the Indian bowlers ahead of the Test series

  Aaron has been a huge let down with his inconsistency As the Indian team gears up for the 3-match Test series against Sri Lanka in the island nation's own den, the usual questions are doing the round back home. How will the batsmen cope with the Lankan spinners? Who are the batsmen who should figure in the playing XI ?  The country as usual is obsessed with its batsmen so much so that they tend to forget India's b

India kick-off tour with three-day match against Sri Lanka Board President's XI starting on Thursday
India kick-off tour with three-day match against Sri Lanka Board President's XI starting on Thursday

Virat Kohli has his task cut out for this series Colombo, Aug 5  The Indian cricket team begin their month-long tour of Sri Lanka with a three-day warm-up game against the Sri Lanka Board President's XI at the R. Premadasa Stadium here on Thursday. India are scheduled to play three Tests in Sri Lanka. The first Test begins at Galle on August 12, followed by two matches at Colombo, starting August 20 and 28 respectively.  It wi

Aug 5 2015
Positives and negatives for Team India from the Zimbabwe tour
Positives and negatives for Team India from the Zimbabwe tour

While the world is busy speculating over the marvels of the Ashes’ series, Indian cricket season is currently at a serene, calming phase before the eventual storm of competitive cricket in the upcoming months leading to the T20 World Cup. With most of the permanent squad members opting to rest, a young and inexperienced side was sent to compete with Zimbabwe, in hopes of shining some light on promising stalwarts that would usher forth a posit

Jul 22 2015
India's predicted XI for the Zimbabwe series
India's predicted XI for the Zimbabwe series

With a new look Indian team gearing up to play the first ODI against Zimbabwe at Harare on the 10th of July, we take a look at their ideal playing XI for this series. With Karn Sharma ruled out, the men in blue will be a man short and you can expect all 14 to feature at some point during this short trip.  On one hand, fans might not be excited about this series since India have sent in a second string side. But, it is a different story

Jul 8 2015
5 cricketers who are always made scapegoats when the team loses
5 cricketers who are always made scapegoats when the team loses

Winning and losing is a part of the game, they say. So is a slump and a revival in form. No cricketer has been at his peak for the entire duration of his career. There are ups and downs in every player’s form, but when the slump coincides with the team’s loss, some of them are not as lucky as others, to get away with it easily. The media and fans alike, play the blame game and accuse these players to be the sole reason behind the tea

Jul 5 2015
Three permanent spots up for grabs on India's tour of Zimbabwe
Three permanent spots up for grabs on India's tour of Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe Series will be interesting as the young guns in India try to cement their spot  India announced their squad for the Zimbabwe series with Ajinkya Rahane as captain. It consists of a lot of youngsters since India rested senior players MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, and R Ashwin. These guys will automatically fit into the playing eleven when they return. But there are some spots in the full-st

Jul 1 2015
What has gone wrong with Bhuvneshwar Kumar?
What has gone wrong with Bhuvneshwar Kumar?

Bhuvneshwar has been off-coloured since the tour of England in 2014 We have often seen fast bowlers in Indian cricket leaving a telling impression on their debut and having a wonderful first couple of years, but all off a sudden, they fade away quickly without having a long career for the country. Irfan Pathan had a sensational debut to his career, showing the potency to trouble the batsman, but he soon was hit by injury

Jun 29 2015
Time for MS Dhoni to re-invent his captaincy
Time for MS Dhoni to re-invent his captaincy

MS Dhoni talks to India players during the 2015 World Cup “I think we have reached a point where we need to decide whether we want to go with quick bowlers or with bowlers who are not really quick but bowl good line and length and force the batsman to commit mistakes, as the quicker bowlers are not giving the performance that is really needed”, said Dhoni at the presentation ceremony after the third one-day match a

Jun 27 2015
Bangladesh opt to field against India
Bangladesh opt to field against India

MS Dhoni shares a joke with Bangladesh players in a training session Mirpur (Bangladesh), June 24: Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza won the toss and decided to field against India in the third One-Day International of the three-match series at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium here on Wednesday. Bangladesh made one change to their side bringing in Arafat Sunny in place of Taskin Ahmed, while India replaced Ravindra Jadeja with Stuart Bi

Jun 24 2015
Time to form new core of pace-attack in Tests for India
Time to form new core of pace-attack in Tests for India

Where do Indian bowling attack fail? Since the Test series against Australia in 2013, India haven’t had a good run in the Tests. They were winless in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand and could only manage one victory in last 13 Test matches which is not a good sign for a number four ranked Test team. The batting unit clicked in three overseas trips, but the bowling department failed to rise to the occasion, and consequently, I

Jun 15 2015
Prague Cricket Club 2nd XI register nine ducks in one innings
Prague Cricket Club 2nd XI register nine ducks in one innings

Prague Cricket Club 2nd XI team photo A Prague cricket club produced a scorecard that has to be seen to be believed when nine of their batsmen registered ducks  in a 40-over match. In a scorecard that will most likely be preserved for a long time and one that has been spreading smiles all across the globe, No.3 batsman Aditya Jaiswal top scored with an unbeaten 43 off 49 balls. The next highest score – and the only other

Jun 7 2015
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